SRK To Be Honoured At WEF For Empowering Kids, Women
Shah Rukh Khan will be honoured for “leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India”.
The megastar will be felicitated at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards, part of the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in Davos later this month. He is being recognized for leadership in empowering children’s and women’s rights in India.
SRK will receive the award along with Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and musician Sir Elton John this year. According to the WEF website, the ceremony will be held on January 22
— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 10, 2018
“Each of them in their own way has taken action to uphold human dignity,” reads a WEF statement
Founder of Meer Foundation
Khan is being bestowed with this honour because of his work as founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation. The foundation helps acid attack victims with medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
SRK is an active worker in creating specialised children’s hospital wards. He has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment
“With victims of acid attacks, I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness,” Khan said to Deccan Chronicle.
Expressing gratitude, Shah Rukh tweeted on Thursday,
Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion https://t.co/i6cEU6go6V
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 11, 2018
Past awardees from India are Amitabh Bachchan, Mallika Sarabhai, A R Rahman, Shabana Azmi, Ravi Shankar and Amjad Ali Khan.
The Annual Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of artistes whose works are exemplary in improving the state of the world.